Manchester United’s Under-18s consolidated their place at the summit of the Premier League table with a resounding victory over second-placed Everton at the Aon Training Complex on Saturday.
It was a beautifully sunny day in this little corner of South Manchester, but that was contrasted by a bitterly cold wind that blew through the training ground.
This first against second clash certainly lived up to its pre-match billing, as both teams went flat out from the start. United started the game holding a one point advantage over Everton with the Goodison Park club having one game in hand, so it was imperative that the Reds should take the three points in order to keep their title charge on track.
U18s: Utd 4 Everton 1 Gallery
Six photos from the young Reds' win at the Aon Training Complex.
Barlow and James Garner both went close as the Reds continued make the pace and push forward looking to add another goal. Everton were by no means out of the picture and they certainly looked dangerous when they went forward. And they showed that United needed to be on their guard when, in the 31st minute, full back Nathan Moore found striker Ellis Simms who gleefully put the Toffees on level terms.
However, Everton’s parity was short-lived for within sixty seconds United had restored their lead with a goal from Largie Ramazani following good work from Brandon Williams. Four minutes before the break and United extended their lead with a terrific long-range curling shot from James Garner. The wind may have played some part in this spectacular goal but the end product was definitely what Garner intended.
The same player almost claimed his second of the game, on the stroke of half-time, but his shot skimmed the crossbar.
Albiston impressed by Under-18s victoryVideo
United 4 (Greenwood 11, 78, Ramazani 32, Garner 41)
Everton 1 (Simms 31)
United: Kovar; Tanner, Dunne, O’Connor, Williams B.; Garner, Levitt; Burkart (Ramazani 25), Puigmal (McGhee 81), Barlow (Laird 79); Greenwood
Subs not used: Fojticek, Mellor